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June 11th, 2014

Keep children safe online

Earlier this month, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the arrest of 19 individuals as a result of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated enforcement effort aimed at apprehending offenders engaged in exploiting children.
This effort was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, and came just in time for June’s observation of National Internet Safety Month.

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War stories bring lessons for life

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I remember the night Operation Desert Storm began. It was Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991.
I was listening to National Public Radio as I drove home from tutoring a student in my study skills class. I was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University. Shortly after 6 p.m., the regular NPR broadcast stopped. The breaking news began.
I remember lying awake all that night watching CNN’s Bernard Shaw broadcast live from Baghdad as anti-aircraft fire aimed at American warplanes cracked around him.

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Running down a dream

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Tech’s Hadnot, six teammates set for NCAA Championships
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Louisiana Tech will compete among the nation’s best this week for a chance at individual championships as six student-athletes in five events head to Eugene, Oregon, for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships beginning today.
Seniors Kim Francis and Trey Hadnot — both with experience competing at the NCAA Championships — make their return to Eugene and lead the Tech contingent.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add Mincy to staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White announced Tuesday the addition of Jordan Mincy as an assistant coach to the Bulldog coaching staff.
Mincy previously served as an assistant coach for the past four years, spending two years at his alma mater Kent State, one year at the College of Charleston and most recently at the University of Toledo under Tod Kowalcyzk last season.

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Faneca preparing for State HOF induction

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An exceptional college and pro football career put offensive guard Alan Faneca on the fast track to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
As if to remove any doubts about his worthiness, the former LSU Tiger and Pittsburgh Steeler slipped in one more extraordinary accomplishment between election and induction.

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June 10th

Warrick recommended as GSU chief

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Current President Frank Pogue promises easy, helpful transition
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GRAMBLING — University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley will recommend the UL System Board of Supervisors appoint Cynthia Warrick to serve as Interim President of Grambling State University effective July 1, 2014. Warrick’s appointment will be considered by the Board at its June 27 meeting in Baton Rouge.

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Local volunteer to be honored by A+PEL

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Ruston resident Janie Humphries is among 26 school volunteers statewide being recognized today in Baton Rouge as winners of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Volunteer of the Year awards.
Winners will receive their awards during an afternoon reception at the Governor’s Mansion.
Humphries, retired coordinator of early childhood education at Louisiana Tech University, was nominated for the volunteer award by the Lincoln Parish school district.

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Step by step

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Hill devotes life to helping fellow blind community
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Imagine walking up and down the rugged concrete sidewalks that blanket downtown Ruston.
Imagine the sounds of the seemingly endless construction obliterating any chance of enjoying the whispers of a Louisiana summer breeze.
Step by step, air-conditioning becomes an almost antiquated and fleeting memory. Imagine being taught to do this with a blindfold.
Arlene Hill doesn’t teach people to find their way around town. She teaches them to find their way. Hill is a cane travel instructor at the Lousiana Center for the Blind.

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Power outages across parish

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Lincoln Parish residents who lost power during Monday night’s thunderstorm should have their electricity back on by the end of today, representatives of area utilities said this morning.
Several hundred customers scattered throughout the parish were left in the dark late Monday night and early this morning when heavy storms packing intermittent high winds and lightning moved through the area.
Roderick Worthy, customer service manager with Entergy, said about 2,000 customers across the utility company’s North Louisiana region lost power.

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Man charged with false imprisonment

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Report: Officers used a Taser
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A Ruston man was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of resisting an officer late Monday night, according to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to the arrest affidavit, two officers arrived at 11:30 p.m. Monday at 171 Larrance Orchard Road in reference to a battery complaint.
Officers then made contact with the victim who reportedly stated that she was being forced to leave the residence by Kenneth Hensley, 43, of 179 Downs Road, according to the report.

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